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What We Still Need To Learn From Spock's Utopianism

Leonard Nimoy's Spock represented the aspirational, utopian thinking that Americans are still desperate to see accomplished in their lifetimes—and in their cities.

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The Best of City Makers

Looking back on our series about the people and ideas changing cities around the world.

Reuters/Brian Snyder

Bad Weather: Better for Work, Terrible for Everything Else

Now is the winter of our productivity.

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How Gary, Indiana, Got Serious About Tackling Blight

The mayor of Gary is determined to stop a tide of vacant, neglected buildings in her post-industrial city. Data-rich parcel mapping is the first step.

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One Photographer's Mission to Document How Every State Lives

Carol M. Highsmith is out to create a comprehensive visual record of the U.S.—and she's donating it all.

Heatonist

Forget Wine Tasting—Brooklyn Is Getting Hot Sauce Tasting

The Heatonist store will offer 150 varieties of fiery goodness.

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Help New York Build a Digital Time Machine

The New York Public Library needs a hand with its ambitious "Google Maps of yesteryears" project.

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Drones Are Getting in on the Building-Demolition Game

But their presence during implosions is making some people unhappy.

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Can These Colorful Garbage Trucks Make Trash Collection ... Cool?

Valparaiso, Chile's third-largest city, is tackling its garbage problem with a new fleet of brightly painted trucks.

City Observatory

Young People Are Pulling Jobs Back to City Centers

A new analysis suggests that jobs previously lost to the suburbs are returning to the core.

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Reuters/Jim Young

Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

Labor has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren't sharing in the benefits.

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Reuters/Edgar Su

How 14,000 Workers Managed to Slow Down the Entire Economy

Longshoremen play an indispensable role in getting 90 percent of consumer goods into the country—and they know how to use that to their advantage.

Photo by Matthew T. Rader/Illustration by Mark Byrnes

Almost No Cities Own Their Names on Twitter

Cities need to get on-brand with their brands, because the situation is hilariously bad.

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The Scientific Case for Latte Superiority

Foamy liquids have stronger structural integrity and are less likely to slosh all over your lap, according to new research.

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Blowing Up What 'Success' Means in Inner-City Education Reform

The new documentary Southeast 67 tracks 67 kids from Southeast D.C. who were granted college scholarships in the 1990s.

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Stephen Mallon

The Fantastic Transformation of Subway Cars into Artificial Reefs

A photographer spent years watching heavy machinery hurl MTA cars into the Atlantic.

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Reuters/Eric Miller

Minneapolis's White Lie

Despite being applauded by many, the "miraculous" prosperity of the Twin Cities is only a reality for a certain slice of their population.

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MPI

America's Most Economically Segregated Cities

Can you guess what Tallahassee, Trenton, and Tucson all have in common?